England has some exciting youngsters.
When the squad’s for the tour of New Zealand was announced it was clear that this series was going to be used to blood some of the exciting youngsters on the county circuit. Out of the ones that were given a go Parkinson and Banton will think they have staked a claim on the international scene with some promising performances especially from the leg spinner.
For the likes of Brown, Mahmood and Gregory it maybe that next year’s World T20 comes a little too soon, however there’s another one the following year they may well be able to secure a space for. The issue is not so much how they’ve performed in New Zealand but more the players who are going to come back into the team; Roy, Root, Stokes, Buttler, Ali and Archer to name a few.
Morgan is still king.
There probably was some doubt whether Morgan would carry on after the summer’s world cup because of how much it mentally took out of him and his persistent back problems. With Morgan last month having his contract renewed it was clear then that he would be staying on at least till next year’s World T20.
The next big question surrounding the captain coming into the series was would he change his approach as captain? Over the previous four years Morgan has been quite an intense captain striving for perfection which might have changed now his team are world champions and Morgan is reaching the twilight of his career.
There was certainly no sign of this as Morgan was still front and centre out in the field offering the bowlers support at regular intervals and even putting himself up to bat in the super over. Morgan’s captaincy authority was especially highlighted with the comment about Dawid Malan not running of the final ball of the innings. This may have stemmed from Malan’s departure from Middlesex but it does show that Morgan is personally on the lookout for England to complete the one percenters in matches.
Tom Banton could be really special.
Despite the Somerset man only showing flashes of what he is capable of in New Zealand the feeling is we could be seeing Tom Banton in an England shirt for a long time to come. In an interview towards the end of the series he spoke about his desire to play test cricket for England and he certainly appears to have the technique to play in all three forms of cricket. Comparisons are already being made between him and Kevin Pietersen with the way he flicks the ball into the leg side and England will certainly hope he can live up to the billing.
New Zealand and England continue to throw up classic cricket matches.
Before the start of the series Sillypoint did a review of some of the best matches between the two sides over the last 20 years. It feels like for some reason that these two have produced more classics than anyone else. A possible reason for this might be that conditions in either country are quite similar so there isn’t much of a home advantage which dictates so many cricket matches around the world. This series was no different with the two playing out their second super over this year in the deciding match. How fitting, at least England won this one by some considerable margin. Bring on the test matches.
Auckland perhaps shouldn’t host international matches.
For some more traditional fans the ground dimensions at Eden Park will be the reason why it shouldn’t host international cricket. The short straight boundaries aren’t even within ICC guidelines but the ground gets a special pass because it is the most practical space in the city.
My personal view is Eden Park shouldn’t be hosting international matches unless they can sell a good number of tickets. It’s a very bad look for the game for matches to being played out in front of 30 thousand empty seats. I wouldn’t mind the odd ground dimensions if 50 thousand people were in attendance, but however it is important for a major city like Auckland to find a replacement home for cricket rather than stop going there all together.
New Zealand looks like a fabulous place to tour.
From the bustling busy cities of Wellington and Auckland to the gorgeous looking mountains above Nelson New Zealand looks like it has it all. The weather you would say is marginally better then it is in Britain especially on the northern Island and it doesn’t have all the nasty animals that try and kill you in Australia. Fortunately due to its breaking off from Australia before snakes lost their legs means there aren’t any in New Zealand, so a big plus if you’re like me and you don’t much fancy one crawling up your toilet in the night. The only downside is it is literally on the other side of the world.
Chris Silverwood is off to a winning start.
Finally but my no means the least important point of the series is that Chris Silverwood’s time in charge of the first team has got off to a positive start. Taking over from the world champions can’t be easy as any drop off in performances and results could be easily pointed as the new man’s fault. Long may it continue then.